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    • HCCC CARES ACT
      EMERGENCY FINANCIAL AID GRANTS

    • HCCC CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants

      The United States Department of Education announced the specific funding that has been allocated to every postsecondary institution in the nation through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently passed by Congress and signed into law. Hudson County Community College will receive funds under the CARES Act to provide emergency grants to students with unforeseen emergency expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Eligible expenses include items in the student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

      Eligibility Criteria: Students who are eligible to receive federal financial aid (Title IV eligible) and are enrolled in a program that met on-campus prior to the transition to online classes due to COVID-19 can be considered for the CARES Act emergency financial aid grants.

      The college aims to assist as many students as possible in meeting their emergency financial needs during this challenging time. We are all here to support you.

      CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

      Reporting Date: May 27, 2020

      * Hudson County Community College has signed and returned the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students and the institution intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50 percent of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants to students.
      * HCCC received the total emergency fund amount of $4,233,831 under the HEERF grants to students.

      * As of the reporting date of May 27, 2020, the total amount of $2,192,386 was distributed to students .

      * HCCC has an estimated total of 5,383 students who are eligible to participate under Section 484 in the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

      * As of the reporting date of May 27, 2020, the total of 2,910 students received the emergency grant.

      * HCCC has determined who will receive emergency grants through the fund application submitted by the students. The link to “CARES Act Emergency Grant Application” can be found at https://www.hccc.edu/caresact/. On the application form, the students need to indicate how much money they need that are eligible for emergency grant funding, including food, housing, course materials, and transportation. The college has awarded eligible students the CARES Act emergency fund amount of $750.00.

      * All instructions, directions, and guidance regarding the emergency grants can be found at https://www.hccc.edu/caresact/

      FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

      Below are the answers to frequently asked questions about the HCCC CARES Act Emergency Grants:

      What is the CARES Act?
      The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocates funds to support individuals and businesses/organizations affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. The Act includes several sources of funds for colleges and universities, including the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

      What is the CARES Act emergency financial aid grants?
      HCCC will receive funds under the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Eligible expenses include items in the student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

      Who is eligible to receive the CARES Act emergency financial aid grants? If I’m eligible, how do I apply?
      According to the U.S. Department of Education, the CARES Act emergency financial aid grant funding is to students who are eligible to receive federal financial aid and are enrolled in a program that met on-campus prior to the transition to online classes due to COVID-19.

      The financial aid office will determine if the student meets the financial aid eligibility requirements based on the FAFSA on file. Students who have not completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA, to be considered for the HCCC CARES Act Grant, you may do so at www.FAFSA.gov. Should you have any questions, please contact the financial aid office.

      The criteria to participate in programs include but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting. Students must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program, must be making Satisfactory Progress, sign the statement of educational purpose and not be in default on a Title IV federal student loan or owe a refund on a Title federal student grant or loan overpayment.

      You can submit your application by completing the CARES Act Emergency Grants Application.

      For currently enrolled students who do not meet the eligibility requirements for the CARES Act financial aid grants (International, DACA and students who are enrolled in an exclusive online degree program), you can submit your application by completing the HCCC Hudson Helps Emergency Fund Application. Due to limited funding, subject to review.

      Title IV Eligible Students (Citizen and eligible non-citizen, eligible to participate in the federal programs.)
      Apply here

      Non-Title IV Students (International students, DACA students and students who are currently enrolled in an fully online degree program. Due to limited funding, subject to review)
      Apply here

      Is there a deadline for applying?
      We are reviewing applications as quickly as possible so we can meet students’ critical needs. Funds are limited, so we encourage students to apply now.

      What are the types of expenses covered by CARES Act funding?

      Eligible expenses associated with your enrollment at HCCC for CARES Act funding include, food (ex. food expenses due to cancelation of college meal plans or campus dining plans), housing (ex. housing expenses due to cancelation of campus housing, dorm or student’s residence), technology expenses, academic course materials, health care, child care and other unexpected expenses included in the student’s cost of attendance.

      What documentation am I required to submit for the CARES Act application?

      Documentation is dependent upon the circumstances of the student applying and will be outlined in application

      I graduate this semester. Can I still receive assistance?

      If you are graduating in Spring 2020, you may have until May 18, 2020 to submit an application to be considered for funding. Applications received from graduating students after May 18, 2020 will not qualify for the CARES Act emergency grant.

      Why was I was not funded the amount that I requested?

      CARES Act funding is limited. The College hopes to help as many students as possible as quickly as possible, and therefore, is awarding all students an initial CARES Act award. Students who are experiencing extreme financial need may reapply for additional funding and provide supporting documentation showing how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected them financially.

      If I receive funding, will it negatively impact my existing financial aid package?
      Funding from the CARES Act emergency fund will not impact a student’s financial aid package.

      How long will it take to receive a decision after I submit my application?
      We are reviewing applications as quickly as possible so we can meet students’ critical needs. Students will receive an email notification when their application is processed.

      How will I receive my funds?
      If funding is approved, the grant funds will be disbursed to your account.

      PAPER CHECK BY MAIL
      Emergency refund check will be mailed to student’s permanent home address on file. Please note that checks are mailed by default. It is crucial for students to make sure they always have their current address on file.

      DIRECT DEPOSIT
      Students can set up and enter your banking information for direct deposit by logging on to Myhudson Self-Service portal.

      To view the instructions to the direct deposit setup, please click here.

      Can the college apply my CARES Grant directly to my outstanding balance?
      No. The CARES Act requires institutions to provide the emergency financial aid grants to students. The CARES Act emergency financial aid grants cannot be used to cover and satisfy a student’s outstanding account balance. The student may use his or her emergency financial aid grant for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.

      Who can I contact if I have questions about the HCCC CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants and/or need help with the application?
      Please email us at caresact@hccc.edu. We are all here to support you during this challenging time.